Sprints has also joined the party against the T-Mobile and AT&T merger, and sues the Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile for the auction of the network, and want to hold the merge of the smallest network of the country with biggest carrier of the land. Sprint is not the first who fears from the market sale damage from this deal, we have also seen many country network giants express their angered feelings regarding the AT&T and T-Mobile merger program, last U.S government has also took a action against the AT&T and T-Mobile merger program to block this program, and now today Sprint announces its lawsuit against both networks.
Originally in the deal, AT&T purposed this merger to T-Mobile as a way to provide their users higher end technology network and facilitate them with their 4G network, also the company said this merger will allow them to offer lower prices offers and better services to their network users. But it seems large number of people are not happy with this deal and ready to kick the AT&T and T-Mobile for further details on this merger.
Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction
WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE), September 06, 2011 – Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia as a related case to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) suit against the proposed acquisition.
“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”
Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms which would result from a takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T. The proposed takeover would:
- Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.
- Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two “Ma Bell” descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits.
- Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.